Driving for renowned team Phoenix Racing, the 19-year-old from Dundee cannot wait to open the latest chapter in his impressive career as he prepares to compete in the globe’s biggest and best GT3 endurance racing championship for the first time.
After a very successful 2018, where he won races in both the GT4 European Series and British GT4 Championship at the wheel of a McLaren 570S, Hutchison has returned to the Audi fold this year having previously raced with the German marque in the one-make Audi Sport TT Cup.
This coming weekend, of course, marks a major new challenge for the Hutchison Technologies, Evoson and In-Home Displays-backed driver, but it’s one he is determined to take in his stride as he seeks to learn as much as possible as part of an immense 49 car grid at Monza.
Hutchison will be partnered by German racer Kim-Luis Schramm and Spaniard Ivan Pareras for his first season in the Blancpain Endurance Cup, where the trio will compete in the hotly contested Silver Cup category.
“I’m really looking forward to the weekend at Monza, we’re all determined to do the best we can in the first race but we’re not underestimating the challenge either – Blancpain is the biggest endurance championship in the world with some incredible drivers”, said Hutchison, “It’s going to be great racing with Kim-Luis and Ivan as well as working with Phoenix, they’re all really cool guys.
“I think Monza could be quite challenging, so from that point of view we’re not setting our sights too high, but we are focused on fighting for the Silver Cup podium as soon as we can. If we can come away from Monza with a consistent performance and a competitive finish, I’ll be happy,”
Hutchison has been preparing well for his first season in the championship, with a strong pre-season at the wheel of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO. He also posted a top four GT4 class finish recently at the legendary Nurburgring-Norschleife in Germany, on his debut outing in a BMW M4 in the VLN series.
Looking ahead to the coming weekend, where the Dundee racer will line-up on the grid with some of the most successful and highly regarded professional drivers in world motorsport, the first Free Practice session at Monza will take place on Saturday at 11.30 (local time) with Pre-Qualifying set to follow at 17.15 (local time).
On Sunday, final qualifying will get underway at 09.40 (local time) with the first three-hour race of the Blancpain Endurance Cup season beginning at 15.00 (local time). Live coverage of the race will be screened in the UK on British Eurosport and also streamed live online at SRO’s ‘GT World’ You Tube channel and also here: https://www.blancpain-gt-series.com/live